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GNAC Hosts Successful Women in Sports Seminar
Women in Sports panelists Sharon Rissmiller (from left), Heather Tracy, Monica Barnhart and Julie Heisey discuss their career paths with attendees in the coaching panelist session.
Women in Sports panelists Sharon Rissmiller (from left), Heather Tracy, Monica Barnhart and Julie Heisey discuss their career paths with attendees in the coaching panelist session.
Student-athletes, coaches, staff and panelists from GNAC schools pose at the 2014 GNAC Women in Sports Career Seminar.
Student-athletes, coaches, staff and panelists from GNAC schools pose at the 2014 GNAC Women in Sports Career Seminar.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

SEATTLE - The 2014 Women in Sports Career Seminar, hosted by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, took place Saturday inside the Washington Convention and Trade Center.

College-level women interested in pursuing a career in athletics assembled to network and gain career advice from current female athletics professionals. A variety of individuals - including those working in both collegiate and professional sports - served on four separate panels which each focused on a different aspect of sports.

Panels included Coaching, Internal Operations, External Operations and Athletics Administration, and attendees had the opportunity to listen to each panel in a series of four sessions.

Seminar attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a networking session, interacting on a one-on-one basis with one another and the various panelists featured at the event.

Keynote speaker Kimberly Ford, the Director of Minority Inclusion for the NCAA, welcomed attendees with a keynote speech. "One of the best parts of my job is that I have the opportunity to attend conferences throughout the year," Ford said during her welcoming invocation. "Laying out a roadmap for yourself will help you to have a planned direction and a path as you travel towards your career."

Several graduate schools featured informational booths at the event as well, encouraging participants to inquire about potential post-graduate career programs.

Women in Sports Career Seminar - Panelist Feature Stories
Lynda Goodrich, WWU (Jan. 24)
Kimberly Ford, NCAA (Jan. 31)
Chelsea Herman, Seattle University (Feb. 14)
Erin O'Connell, SPU (Feb. 28)
Katie Simons, SMU (March 20)
Tammy Dunn, SCSC (March 28)
Ariko Iso, OSU (April 4)
Cori Metzgar-Deacon, WOU (April 11)
Julie Mitchell, WBB Referee (April 18)
Diane Flick, WWU (April 25)
Kim Wenger, NWC (May 2)
Hannah Olson & Angie McKinnell, UW (May 12)
Julie Heisey, SPU (May 15)

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